U16s Boys’ Inter-Regional Water Polo Championships 2021
27 and 28 November 2021 - Walsall Gala Baths
London, West Midlands, South West Sharks, North West Tigers and South East are all competing in Division One.
East, Wales, North East Steelers, East Midlands and Scotland Saltires make up the Division Two teams.
Undefeated North West Tigers produced a series of clinical performances to be crowned U16s Boys’ Inter-Regional champions in 2021. They took top spot in Division One after winning all four of their matches at Walsall Gala Baths.
North West Tigers beat South West Sharks 13-9, South East 12-9, London 17-4 and West Midlands 6-4 to take maximum points and finish four points clear at the top of the table.
Delighted North West Tigers captain Tom Davis said: “After missing so much through lockdown, it was great to play at Inter Regions again. There were lots of really tough matches, but it was great for the North West to win. Thanks to Mike Yates and Ian McKinnon – their coaching and guidance helped us stay strong, to all the parents who supported us on our water polo journey and to all the other teams for making it a fantastic tournament. We’re already looking forward to the next one.”
Scotland Saltires were the Division Two winners, also boasting a 100 per cent record from their four games.
They beat East 17-8, East Midlands 15-9, Wales 8-7 and North East Steelers 12-5 to finish two points ahead of second-placed East Midlands and clinch promotion to Division One for the 2023 U18s Inter-Regions.
Ed Walker, from Scotland Saltires, said the weekend had given the team some special memories. He said: “We would like to thank all involved in the tournament. It was a fabulous advert for the sport and everyone who takes part in it and makes it happen. The hospitality and the welcome received by the West Midland Region from Friday night to when we left on Sunday was second to none and has given the team some special memories they won’t forget.”
Everyone a winner
Swim England president Ian Mackenzie praised the organisers, volunteers, teams and parents for their efforts in ensuring the tournament went ahead on a wintry weekend. He said: “At last the Inter-Regions for the U16 got underway this weekend with athletes travelling from all eight regions as well as Scotland and Wales. The players in all ten teams grew in stature as the weekend went on, playing well within their team and improving at every game. Everyone was a winner, and it was great to see the sport played hard but fairly.
“These competitions don’t just happen. In addition to the organisers, each team had to jump through hoops to get to Walsall and all the volunteers are to be congratulated to ensure the lads had such a great weekend. Many parents also supported on the day, making the whole competition have atmosphere and credibility. Thanks to everyone involved.”
The U16s Girls’ Inter-Regional Championships takes place at Walsall Gala Baths over 4/5 Dec and scores will be updated throughout the competition on the Swim England live scoreboard.
|Fixtures & Results|
|South West Sharks||9-13||North West Tigers||FT|
|West Midlands||9-6||South West Sharks||FT|
|North West Tigers||12-9||South East||FT|
|London||4-14||South West Sharks||FT|
|West Midlands||3-8||South East||FT|
|London||4-17||North West Tigers||FT|
|South West Sharks||9-6||South East||FT|
|West Midlands||4-6||North West Tigers||FT|
|Fixtures & Results|
|North East Steelers||6-19||East Midlands||FT|
|Wales||11-7||North East Steelers||FT|
|East Midlands||9-15||Scotland Saltires||FT|
|East||7-6||North East Steelers||FT|
|North East Steelers||5-12||Scotland Saltires||FT|
|North West Tigers||4||4||0||0||22||8|
|South West Sharks||4||2||0||2||6||4|
|Final placings determined under FINA rules|
|North East Steelers||4||0||0||4||-25||0|
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